Dressing Room Diaries: Bare Shoulders

Dressing Room Diaries: Bare Shoulders

I got back into the dressing room this week and focused on bare shoulder tops. I began noticing these last summer and they’re more popular than ever this spring. How do you feel about cold and off shoulder tops? My shoulders aren’t aging as fast as the rest of my body so I’m OK to bare mine.

I spotted soft blue in every department. The weather was nasty pouring rain so these fresh colors felt spring like and welcome.

trying on off shoulder tops at Nordstrom

This Halogen cotton and spandex off shoulder top was surprisingly comfortable. I expected it to feel stiff but the spandex made it soft and comfortable.

Tie Sleeve Off the Shoulder Top from Nordstrom

It’s tie sleeves add a bit of feminine fussiness to an otherwise simple top. I picture wearing this with white jeans all summer long. I wouldn’t wear a necklace with this, just earrings and a bracelet.

bare shoulder top by Bobeau at Nordstrom

This Bobeau cold shoulder top came in several colors. I tried on blue. It has gathered 3/4 sleeves that I felt would be more flattering on a woman with narrower shoulders. Because my upper body is larger than my bottom, I don’t need to add extra bulk on top.

trying on cold shoulder tops at Nordstrom

If I did wear this top, I’d add a longer necklace to lengthen the look of my neck.

cold shoulder sweat shirt by Bobeau at Nordstrom

This cold shoulder sweatshirt by Bobeau was a not my usual choice because I seldom wear pattern. Cold shoulder and sweatshirt seem like a contradiction but it worked well together.

Fridi Texture Stripe Cold Shoulder Top

Finally, I tried on this Fridi texture top by KUT From The Kloth. The fabric is incredibly soft and I adore the stripes. I know most women think horizontal stripes make them look wider but this stripe does not.

bare shoulder tops at Nordstrom

It’s 3/4 length sleeves are a favorite with me. The blue only appears available in the petite department which also worked perfectly for me.

The more tops I tried on that bared part or all of my shoulders, the more discerning I became. The options available are endless these days so take your time and choose the right shape for you.

How do you feel about baring part or all of your shoulders?

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  1. Pauline
    February 20, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    I have yet to try a cold shoulder don’t know how it would look as my arms are quite plump but I do have quite good shoulders for 70.! I like the stripey one on you best I think.

    • Jennifer
      February 20, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      The beauty of many of these styles is they have full sleeves. If your shoulders are good, go for it!!

  2. Robin
    February 17, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Hi Jennifer
    I love the bottom one on you. Very flattering!
    Another spring goal for me, look for pink and no shoulder. 😉

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 10:24 pm

      Be sure it’s “your” pink, Robin. It’s available and will the most flattering for you. Xx

  3. Janet Williams
    February 17, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    I love all your choices – and yes I would wear them!

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 10:23 pm

      I think they’re a great, fun option for us, Janet!

  4. February 17, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    I don’t care for cold shoulder tops and I’m not really fond of that look on you, but I do think that the off shoulder top in the first two pictures suits you very well.

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 10:21 pm

      They’re a fun alternative to classic tops.

  5. Jill
    February 17, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    They look is great on you but is not for me.

  6. marlene alves
    February 17, 2017 / 9:46 am

    I agree with Pamela, Jennifer…the two tops, the hair & makeup, darling on you!

    p.s. the one with the straps, not so great.

    I’d also like to add that the softer spring colors on you are super flattering & match your natural coloring. My style take is that we are a “package” from top of head to tip of toe..so for it to all work and see the “whole”…those elements of one should be taken together.

  7. Valorie
    February 17, 2017 / 9:36 am

    I love the Halogen and the Fridi tops on you, Jennifer. So becoming and flattering to your coloring, face and shape! Well done!

  8. Valorie
    February 17, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Hi Jennifer. I loved the Halogen and the Fridi tops on you! Both of them very flattering to your face, coloring and shape! Well done!

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 9:52 am

      Thanks, I am loving pale blue this spring!

  9. Arell
    February 17, 2017 / 9:18 am

    I really loved the first blouse on you! The cut and color was just perfect! It made you look much younger! That shade of blue is gorgeous on you. I also liked the last blouse. I purchased a black off the shoulder blouse last summer and have only worn it once, but now that Spring is coming (I hope!) I look forward to wearing it again. I received a lot of compliments. I am so happy that the style will be here again this year.

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 9:51 am

      Me too, Arell. It’s a fun style and easy to wear!

  10. Diana
    February 17, 2017 / 9:13 am

    I hope you bought the Halogen top, you look fabulous in it.

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 9:50 am

      Thanks, they were all nice fitting!

  11. February 17, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I have a Chico’s cold-shoulder top with an adorable shoe print, in black, white and red. I love it, but my husband thinks ladies our age are too old to wear cold-shoulder tops!

    (Wait ’til he gets a load of me in my cold-shoulder LBD!!)

    I love the look, and I agree – our shoulders still look pretty good at 50+ (I’m actually 60+), so why not flaunt them?

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 9:10 am

      I’m 60 too! They don’t reveal anything but give the impression they do. If we feel confident to wear it, go for it. A cold-shoulder dress sounds fun, Candy!! Go woman

  12. February 17, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Those first two tops look great on you…and your makeup and hair is stunning…just a side note…but, I do not like this style on me. I am avoiding it for now.

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Thanks, Pam. I’m warming up to the look the more I see it around and try different shapes.

  13. debby
    February 17, 2017 / 7:48 am

    I love the “straps” on the last one. It kind of looks like a tank without showing your arms. I have difficulty with my upper arms. I don’t like for them to show. This style would be perfect.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Exactly my thoughts! Hides my upper arms but airy looking:)

  14. Cheryl Johnson
    February 17, 2017 / 7:12 am

    The bare shoulder look is cute, but I haven’t found one that fits particularly well. The one you have on in gray/blue stripe at the end is very cute. You look amazing in that! Blessings…

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 9:06 am

      There are a lot of different shaped ones so it’s a matter of trial and error. Try knits vs woven.xo

  15. Linda
    February 17, 2017 / 6:05 am

    I just don’t like these tops on me. I have very broad shoulders and these make me look even more so.

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 9:05 am

      I found it was a matter of how the sleeves hung and the sleeve proportion. I have broad shoulders too, very broads ones!

  16. Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine
    February 17, 2017 / 4:54 am

    I LOVE off the shoulder tops and you have the beautiful shoulders to pull them off. At first I was self conscious but I now love them and feel even a little sexy when I wear them but not one the top. That first one is my fav and would be so adorable with white jeans!!!

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 9:04 am

      I’m really excited for it to warm up so I can wear some. xo

  17. DIANNE
    February 17, 2017 / 4:12 am

    Love the shirts. Your hair looks cute in these pictures also.

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Thanks, Dianne. It was a good hair day!

  18. Rose
    February 17, 2017 / 4:05 am

    So, did you end up purchasing any of the tops shown, Jennifer?

    • Jennifer
      February 17, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Yes, all of them! It was love and insanity so they all went back and I found a different one:)

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